“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus” – 1 Corinthians 1:4
There are many clouds full of moisture across the skyline today, which is unusual for us living in central Florida. It reminds me of long ago, up north in Michigan. The skyline was gray almost every day and I longed for the warmth and comfort of the sunshine. Of course, in the fall, winter and spring, it seemed we had endless days of gloom. My impression was that the beautiful sunshine of summer lasted only a few weeks…and perhaps it did! I’m happy to live in Florida where most days are sunny and warm.
So I wondered, what can one accomplish on ominous cloudy days that conceal the beauty of sun shining rays? Well, regardless of cloud or sun shine, light or dark…we still have 60 seconds in every minute, 60 minutes in every hour and 24 hours in every day. So, what can be accomplished with 86,400 seconds today?
It took me less than 30 seconds to recite the Lord’s Prayer. It only took me five minutes to read my new online devotional from Rev John Ed Mathison, and less than that for my morning devotional. I was at the gym less than an hour for my morning workout. I read two commentaries and Scriptures this morning, while preparing a message for next Sunday, and I spent quite a bit of time reviewing my notes and handouts from the leadership training from last week. The sunshine, nor lack thereof, seemed to affect my abilities in any way.
I would say that the Son-shine had more to do with my ability than the sunshine. In fact, because of Christ-centeredness, I observed folks doing much for the Lord today! There was a flurry of phone calls, money counting, home visits, children dancing, and the unpacking, sorting and displaying for the annual Fall Festival. Many folks have decided to pass their slightly used treasures on to others. There is excitement in the Lord’s House this week!
It may certainly be fun and exciting for the return of Fall Festival. I’m also excited that thousands of dollars will enable Trinity to establish and partner with mission and outreach initiatives – locally, nationally and internationally.
It is true—“I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus”. So, what are you going to do with your 86,400 seconds today?
“O Divine Love, who calls and sends all who follow you, help me in this time apart to once more hear your voice. Grant grace to hear your voice calling and sending me, and grant faith enough to respond in obedience. Amen” ~John Wesley (transcribed by Bishop Rueben Job, 40 Days with Wesley, page 61)
Pastor Dale Golden
I saw a Peanuts cartoon today that captured Charlie Brown and Linus in deep conversation about the day and life of a pastor. Apparently, pastors work just one morning a week and get to “hang out” the rest of the week! That is so funny! I love being a pastor because good ol’ Charlie Brown was right. Pastors just hang out most of the time.
This week started with me “hanging out” with Joleen all day, Monday, because it was Labor Day and we tried to refrain from any kind of labor. On Tuesday, I got to hang out with some awesome retired pastors over breakfast and later in the day I got to hang out again with some Trinity leaders discussing the progress of our new church building. Yesterday, I had fun hanging out with folks at the “PODS”. Ok, that needs some explanation: We have two collection pods in the parking lot taking on “stuff” for the church yard sale next month, more commonly called Fall Festival, which will be another opportunity to hang out, get stuff and eat food—can’t wait!
Before and after the PODS hang out, I got to hang out with POV folks…ok more explaining: POV is learning how to have empathetic conversations on hot topic subjects, such as the LGBTQi issue, and sharing our “point of view.” It was awesome to hang with over 50 people in the morning and almost 30 in the evening session. Of course, one cannot hang out without good food! The blessing of hanging out is FOOD!
This morning, over breakfast, I got to hang out with some friends talking about a new Fresh Expression ministry called “Dinner Church.” For most of the day, however, I got to hang out with folks via email and letters. This afternoon I got to hang out with some old friends, Leonard Sweet, Tom Kraeuter, and Albert Outler via their respective books, followed by Peter, Paul and Timothy from Bible fame. They shared some really good thoughts with me.
Finally, tonight, I get to hang out with some more Trinity friends. We plan to have some snacks and talk about how much it might cost to build our new church with a friend from the Florida United Methodist Foundation.
Well, as you can see, Charlie Brown is right – all pastors do is work one day a week and hang out the rest of the week. I’m simply amazed that more folks don’t want to be preachers. We have the best “hanging out” job in the world, but we also tend to eat too much. Tomorrow I will start the day at the Y and then go “hang out” some more.
“And now the word of the Lord is ringing out from you to people everywhere, even beyond Macedonia and Achaia, for wherever we go we find people telling us about your faith in God.” 1 Thessalonians 1:8
The word of God and faith of Jesus Christ travels from city to city, down dirt roads and highways and often over precarious bridges. We build bridges as a means for commerce and a way to connect to others. Where there is impasse, we have learned to “bridge a way forward.” For the past five years, the cable network DIY program Fixer Upper has featured Chip and Joanna Gaines from Waco, Texas. Though the popular TV reality show has now ended, Chip Gains did write an excellent book, Capital Gains. From his book, I share the following with you:
“We can yell at the screen, get mad and sad all we want, as long as we engage, hear, and truly try to understand what the other side is fighting for and why. It can only be good for us to stand where they stand, take in the landscape from their perspective for a bit. Rather than ridicule and belittle, we can choose to acknowledge why they are passionate about what they are passionate about.
These battle lines drawn down the center of our country’s soul seem to be costing us our humanity. We stereotype and mock entire people groups merely because they think differently or look different than we do. The oversimplified strokes with which we paint perfect strangers isn’t just hateful; it’s ignorant. If we could get a handle on this… we just might become formidable in a way that this world has never seen.” (Capital Gains, Harper Collins Publishing Company, 2017, page 150)
Chip goes on discussing the need, in our country, to build bridges of healing and conversations about what that might look like if we could find an empathetic way of listening to one another. I offer this closing story about walls and bridges (author is unknown):
Once upon a time two brothers lived on adjoining farms. John, the eldest, and Joshua, the youngest, had a terrible fight. It was the first serious rift in 40 years of farming side by side, sharing machinery, and trading labor and goods as needed. The relationship began to fall apart over some slight misunderstanding, but grew until it exploded into an exchange of bitter words, followed by weeks of silence.
One morning there was a knock on John’s door. He opened it to find a man with a carpenter’s toolbox. “I’m looking for a few day’s work” he said. “Perhaps you would have a few small jobs here and there. Could I help you?” “Yes,” said the older brother. “I do have a job for you. Look across the creek at that farm. That’s my neighbor, in fact, it’s my younger brother. Last week there was a meadow between us and he took his bulldozer to the river levee and now there is a creek between us.
Well, he may have done this to spite me, but I’ll go him one better. See that pile of lumber curing by the barn? I want you to build me a fence — an 8-foot fence — so I won’t need to see his place anymore. Cool him down, anyhow.” The carpenter said, “I think I understand the situation. Show me the nails and the post-hole digger and I’ll be able to do a job that pleases you.”
The older brother had to go to town for supplies, so he helped the carpenter get the materials ready and then he was off for the day. The carpenter worked hard all that day measuring, sawing, nailing. About sunset when the farmer returned, the carpenter had just finished his job.
The farmer’s eyes opened wide, his jaw dropped. There was no fence there at all. It was a bridge — a bridge stretching from one side of the creek to the other! A fine piece of work — handrails and all — and the neighbor, his younger brother, was coming across, his hand outstretched. “You are quite a fellow to build this bridge after all I’ve said and done.” The two brothers stood at each end of the bridge, and then they met in the middle, taking each other’s hand.
They turned to see the carpenter hoist his toolbox on his shoulder. “No, wait! Stay a few days. I’ve a lot of other projects for you,” said the older brother. “I’d love to stay on,” the carpenter said, “but, I have many more bridges to build.”
In September, Trinity UMC will open an empathetic conversation about how we might better listen to each other called Point of View or POV. Let’s build some bridges together…
In His Service,
Pastor Dale Golden
A brief history: Trinity UMC was founded in 1895 as a missional charge, 19 years after the city of DeLand was established. In 1898, the church moved into its first home on East Rich Avenue. The church name was changed in 1905 to Grace Methodist Church. During the early 1920’s the name reverted back to the original name. The building was sold in 1926 and the First Methodist Episcopal Church South moved into the building it occupies today. In 1968, the name was changed for the fifth time to Trinity United Methodist Church at the onset of the new United Methodist denomination.
For more in-depth information on our history or to take a tour of our Santuary, call the Church Office at (386) 734-4425 to schedule a guided tour with one of our History Committee members!
In 2009, Trinity UMC purchased ten acres of land on the west side of Plymouth Avenue and held a service of blessing on the new property in December of that year. In 2016, Trinity began a $1.3 million capital campaign for the new building and, in September 2017, the membership voted at a special church conference to approve the footprint and financial plan for new church building. By January 2018, Trinity had already accumulated over $840,000 toward the new building.
The reasoning behind our decision to move and build a new facility: There are many reasons why Trinity has determined that its facility no longer meets the needs of our church. We have a large building located just off the downtown area of DeLand (1926) and First UMC DeLand is located four blocks away from our present location. We have no room to expand, since the Volusia County School Board occupies all of the remaining parcels in our block. Although ours is considered a beautiful, somewhat historic building, old churches require more expensive and extensive upgrades than new structures in order to keep up with today’s modern features and technologies.
We have made the decision to be better stewards of our resouces and put our monies to better use, expanding programs, such as missions and outreach into the community and our world, Christian education of children, youth and young adults, Discipleship-making and witness programs. We have excellent and passionate lay leadership involvement at Trinity and are always looking for ways to better equip and train laity. We have a nice balance of age groups from infant to senior adult in the early contemporary worship service, but mainly senior adults in the later traditional service. Despite the fact that we are close to Stetson University, our single young adult age group is severely lacking. Trinity is predominately Caucasian but is experiencing more ethnic diversity in the congregation, as is the DeLand community.
The good news is that we have already raised over $840,000 of the $1.300,00 goal over a three-year period. With the sound advice of our building committee led by Alex Ford and our building architect, Dana Smith, under the leadership of our District Superintendent, Bob Bushong, we approved the building footprint and financial plan in September 2017. We are in the process now of hiring a licensed contractor to oversee the construction project and hope to break ground late summer-early fall of 2018. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
Citrus Grove Elementary, Trinity’s Church-School Partner, is proud to host its 6th annual Groovin’ at the Grove 5K and Family Fun Run! We are looking forward to running, walking and strolling with our school family and community members. A 5K foot race and a 1-Mile family fun run/walk will start from our beautiful school and wind through the community of Heritage Place.
Citrus Grove Elementary; 729 Hazen Road, DeLand, FL 32720
5K ENTRY & REGISTRATION (per person)
Through February 1st: $20.00 (Students 12 & under $15)
February 2nd – February 20th: $25.00 (Students 12 & under $20)
AFTER February 20th: $35.00 (Students 12 & under $20)
Family Fun Run/Walk (2 to 6 people) 1-Mile
Before February 1: $20.00
February 16 – February 20: $25.00
AFTER FEBRUARY 20th: $30.00
Citrus Grove Elementary on Friday 2/23 from 2pm-5pm
Please allow school attendees to pick up at 2pm and allow school traffic to leave the area. Best traffic time is after 3pm.
*packet pick-up will be available on race day
DAY OF EVENT SCHEDULE
7:00 am – Registration Opens – Packet Pick-up Opens
8:00 am – 5K Run/Walk
9:00 am – 5K Awards
9:10 am – 1 Mile Fun Run
Each Registered 5K Runner will receive a race shirt. Sizes are not guaranteed for registrations received after February 14, 2018. Family Teams and Individual 1-Mile events DO NOT receive a Shirt with registration but may purchase one (1) for an additional $10.00 per shirt.
TIMING & SCORING
The 5K Foot Race will be professionally managed and timed and awarded for Overall Female & Male and Overall Master Female & Male. Also awarded are the 1st, 2nd & 3rd place runners in the following age groups:
9 & under, 10-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49,
50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+
The 1 mile Fun Run/Walk will start immediately following the 5K at
9:00 a.m. Race “Dog Tags” are awarded to all children ages 16 and under.
PAPER REGISTRATION Citrus Grove Elementary School
729 Hazen Road
Deland, FL 32720
When and where does the race take place?
Citrus Grove Elementary; 729 Hazen Road, DeLand, FL 32720 – February 24, 2018 at 8 a.m.
How long is the course?
There is a 5K course, which is 3.1 miles and there is a 1 mile course
How will I be timed?
There will be a clock and chip timing at the finish line to view your time.
Who gets a shirt?
Only pre-registered runners that successfully complete the registration and payment process are guaranteed a free race shirt. Several additional shirts will be printed for the race. Those participants who have pre-registered by February 14, 2018 are first to receive their shirt and preferred size.
Can I participate in the event with my dog?
Sorry, as much as we love our pets too, the safety of participants is our main concern. Therefore, we do not allow pets on the course.
I will be out of town on race day and not able to participate. Can I get my money returned?
We appreciate your race registration. As the race brochure states, we are unable to issue refunds. We are not in a position to credit your credit card or issue checks.
Will the race be held if it’s raining?
The race is a “rain or shine” event. All participants are encouraged to dress appropriately for the weather, such as in a rain coat or hat. Umbrellas can pose a safety hazard to others, so please do not bring them.
Can I transfer my entry to someone else?
We have a strict NO TRANSFER policy.